Horizon Records

After going out for dinner with some friends, they mentioned the Bohemian Café; a great place to have dessert they said. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the dessert selection was gone. As we looked around the place we noticed that it was connected to another business establishment. Looked familiar, but as I crossed the threshold into it, I felt transported back into the early 70’s. Just like that, I had discovered Horizon Records (HR) and wow – it is an amazing looking store. Immediately I felt the need to do a post about it; so I came back a few days later, spoke to the owner and we scheduled a time for an interview and some pictures.

A week or so later, I sat down with the owner of Horizon Records, Gene Berger at the Bohemian Café bar and had a great chat.

“I will keep buying good music and try to connect people with it until I am not allowed to do so or chose not to do it anymore”.

“I will keep buying good music and try to connect people with it until I am not allowed to do so or chose not to do it anymore”.

It has been 39 years since Gene Berger opened the Horizon Records store in Greenville SC. How did HR come about I asked Gene…”remember it was the 70’s…it seems I came out of a blackout and I owned a record store!” he said. While I am sure there is some truth to that fuzzy memory of how it all come to be, I am sure there was hard work behind it. At a time when most of the well know independent records stores have been put out of business by digital downloads and sites like iTunes and Pandora; Horizon Records continues to be relevant amongst serious audiophiles and those seeking what a real record store offers and used to be like.

Gene was born in Maryland, was raised in California and Oklahoma and moved to Greenville in the 10th grade (1970). Gene cannot remember a time when he did not like music; his first record was “The Letter” by the Box Tops, he loved the Beatles as mostly all did. His taste in music covers, amongst others, Jazz, rock, blues, classical. His top three favorite musicians are Brad Mehldau (www.bradmehldau.com), John Lee Hooker and Johan Sebastian Bach – I am including a link to Brad’s site as I must say never heard of him; having visited his site and listened to some of his music – he is very good!

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Meet Gene (left), if I could tell you this picture was taken in the 70’s I think you could believe me. However, Gene is very much engaged in the present, working to assure a future for his business and helping others in the community.

Regarding vinyl records and CD’s vs. digital files…“I love the tangible object, the ephemera, the collectability, the tactile connection with the music. This is who we are. It is not the same as here is a file in my iPhone or iPod, I am about — look at this album cover, this record. New or old vintage record, …look at this CD, I want to read the lineup – who is playing bass, etc. You cannot do this with a digital file; you may find information on the web about it, but I do not like to read it on a screen: prefer to have it as part of the tactile product.”

Perhaps my favorite quote from Gene was his response to those that asks him…How is business Gene? He always answers “despite the world and my best efforts, we are still here”.

 

 

 

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Now in its third location (2-A West Stone Ave.  Greenville SC.), Horizon Records has seen much change over the years. When the digital medium came out, Gene saw it as a fad, but was never fearful or paranoid about it. Paraphrasing some of Gene’s comments on change … things do change so you must find how far you are willing to embrace them and/or modify them to fit your own taste and values. Gene spends a lot of time researching how he can better serve his customers; while he is not a statistics follower he recently read that for the first time since digital music came out sales have flattened. He believes that the main drivers for this is the resurgence of vinyl, but more so because more people are streaming music instead of buying it.

In terms of sales demographics, Gene sees his demographics as a “rainbow coalition of different niches”, he feels that this is part of the beauty of it, but this also brings the intense challenge of keeping a wide range of tastes satisfied. “How do we keep the guy who wants the latest indie rock piece that is in all the blogs as happy as the fellow that wants the Blue Grass CD, as well as the lady that wants to go into the classical room and find a specific opera record, and then there are people digging for dollar records and on and on” … not an easy task, but that is the beauty of it.

Gene’s perseverance, business savvy (he may not agree with this one), customer focus and willingness to ride difficult times have contributed to Horizon Record’s longevity.  Gene remembers his opening day as him being more focused on assuring he had the music mix he wanted and if he had the right posters up. His first year was good enough to try for the second one; and so it went the years that followed. Gene and his staff of 10, a very diverse and knowledgeable group of individuals, seem immersed into music just as Gene is. This is not your Sam Goodie or Frye record store, where knowledgeable staff was hard to come by; when you visit HR you will be dealing with people who know and love what they sell. Horizon Records has a strong and faithful fan base intent on assuring their beloved store stays in business. I searched for some customer feedback on Yelp and Trip Advisor; I found nothing but good things said about HR.

Today, the store is busy and riding the vinyl resurgence while still offering CD’s and some music related books.  It is very well-organized making it easy to find your type of music. Believe me, the genre variety is amazing and covers many countries. The prices are very reasonable; some right down inexpensive considering that many of the vinyl albums offered may have some sentimental value to you. There are many records to choose from $1, $2, $4, $7 and up; new vinyl albums start around $16 depending on the artist.

Gene sees HR open for indefinite years to come. While nothing is certain, his passion for music, HR and the community he lives in is very evident. Gene feeds on these passions and keeps himself and his business relevant by supporting talent from across the region. Gene feels that HR will continue to exist, as many seek obscure releases and the irreplaceable factor of people interfacing with other people…“We get so digitized in general, that we never leave our houses, we worked from home, we can order our groceries online and they show up at our door, Amazon, website x,y,z… I call it the Cave Man fire factor; you need to come out of your cave and relate with others to stay human”.  In an era where most young people only listen to music through earbuds, Gene feels that you really have not experienced recorded music until you have played a record or high density CD through a good amplifier and a pair of good speakers.  We have lost much with heavily compressed digital files such as mp3, but you do not have to compromise; it is really your choice.

HR also stays relevant by hosting local/regional talent, where the feature musician plays to a packed store. Usually, that night the same group plays a full show at the Bohemian Café right next to HR. I think this is a perfect way to connect and provide less known musicians with welcomed exposure. In fact, as I was conducting my interview with Gene, a group was setting up to play a 30-minute set at 3:30PM to be followed by a full session at 10:00PM at the Bohemian Café. The group is composed of Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, with Shawn Zorn (drums) and Will Sexton (guitar); they are promoting their new release Motel Mirrors.

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Amy LaVere, born in Louisiana, Amy is the most well know in this group. In addition to many nation wide musical engagements, she has acted in several movies; the most famous being Walk the Line, with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, she played the role of Wanda Jackson – known as the first lady of Rockabilly. Amy plays the base and sings beautifully.
John Paul Keith. Mr. Keith has been playing mostly around Memphis for years. He is the lead at The One Four Fives band, but also records with other artists such as Amy LaVere. He has quite a presence in YouTube if you are interested in seeing and listening him perform.

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Finally, and probably most impactful, Gene promotes an annual record fair.  For the last 5 years, it has been held at The Handlebar in Greenville (3 blocks down HR).  It is like a swap meet where dealers come from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama and other states. The event is very well attended by experienced collectors, general music lovers and has proven to be a great way to introduce vinyl to younger people that did not grow up with that medium.

Allow me to take you through a visual tour of Horizon Records and additional information; some based on comments made by Gene. If you are in town and like music regardless of the medium, you must stop and check Horizon Records out. If you like vinyl records or have been thinking of some vinyl you used to own but can no longer find -this is the perfect place for you. You will be amazed at the place, the people taking care of you and the experience as a whole. I see myself becoming a regular visitor and customer; keeping locally own small businesses like this open should be something we all should strive for and support.

Not a posed picture at all. In fact, I do not think Gene noticed me taking this picture. Gene is very much involved in day-to-day operations and makes time to meet and assist customers with what they are looking for.

 

Meet Brian Walker, teamleader at HR, brings 20+ years of record store experience and a penchant for all things musical.

HR has a room devoted to classical music; Gene loves classical music and you can easily tell he had his hand in making this room special. As you enter the classical room and close the door, you first notice all outside noise is left behind. Then, the current classical selection playing over the Hi-Fi system surrounds you; it is really hard not to enjoy it regardless of your taste in music.

Classical selections, as with everything else in the store, are many. When you visit make sure you go into this room, sit down and relax a bit.

Yep, no refrigeration needed. How can you top that!

Walking around the store many memories from albums I used to own. Memory lane is a fun walk, being able to repurchase some of them as they were when released is a thrill. One fine example for me is the album American Pie, by Don McLean. Recounting the Day Music died, this record was released in 1971, if you were alive and conscious at that time you heard this great song. You can still find some of the original albums at HR for a “song”.

There is a lot Frank Zappa for those die hard fans. A good friend of mine would be in heaven visiting this store. As soon as I saw this poster I thought of my buddy TT.

I have been telling friends about HR and encouraging them to visit. If you do, make sure you have at least one hour to really look around. Vintage vinyl everywhere!

When I mean HR has music from many other countries I mean it. I even found some peruvian music in there!

Entrance to The Vault. A small room filled with the best deals anywhere on rare as well as popular vinyl (prices are $1 & $2). This is another way Gene promotes vinyl to the public, by providing very affordable choices that may lead into some becoming regular customer of the medium.

You can try any album you like before you buy it. Great way to make sure its quality is to expected levels. Nice seeing turntables again. The yearning for high quality sound is gaining momentum.

A guitar signed by Buddy Guy. Buddy is an American blues guitarist that has influenced many well know artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page amongst many others. He is ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine 100th Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

There are several instruments signed by very well know artists. This saxophone is signed by Edgar Winter – a multi-instrumentalist rock and blues musician well know in the 70’s and 80’s and still active today. Correct, Duke Ellington’s picture behind is not linked to the saxophone.

For those times where you just do not know what to get you can rely on the staff’s recommendations. This section provides you with a quick view of what’s on sale and employee picks on new releases, favorites, etc.

The Bohemian Café – A view of the bar area. Really like the décor in this place.

There are two bars areas, both with nice art pieces on the walls. A great variety of beers for sure.

Even though the band only played for 30 minutes, the place got almost full in a very short time. Clearly, the word goes around every time HR hosts an event.

Here you see Gene watching, from his store, the band playing at the Bohemian Café stage. I did not come back for the 10 PM show, but I bet it was packed.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed this visual tour, but know I cannot give Horizon Records any justice with it; I can only provide a taste of it. HR must be experienced in person. HR feel is unique, the selection huge and covering the widest gamut imaginable, the deals are many, the staff knowledgeable and friendly. If you cannot visit HR in Greenville because you live far away, then I recommend you search for an independent record store in your area that has been opened for a while and sells vinyl records. If you are lucky, it will be half as good as Horizon Records. Thank you Gene for the time you took to speak to me and share your story. I wish you many more years; keep them spinning!

 Link to Horizon Records Website: http://blog.horizonrecords.net

Eduardo Murillo Artieda - November 28, 2014 - 11:57 am

Te pasaste primo con este articulo, me parecio estar en el cafe y la tienda, Gene Berger demuestra una sensibilidad extraordinaria, para llenar ese espacio tan querido por muchos.
Un abrazo
Eduardo

Chuck - March 30, 2014 - 9:10 am

Great article and photos. Love to see local musis community and the pictures give a real sense of place. Will keep this tucket away in my mind in case travels ever bring me there.

TT - March 26, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Carlos – Excellent article and absolutely WONDERFUL photos!!!

Looks like another reason to take a ROAD TRIP.

GREAT Zappa photo.

Brian W. - March 21, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Great post, Carlos, and as always, fantastic pictures! This reminds me of one of my favorite movies, High Fidelity. If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should give it a whirl – a bit quirky, but grows on you. It’s about a record store owner and his relationships, but also has a great supporting cast that include the employees of the store. Really enjoying reading about your retired life!

A Memorable February

About the title…why… you may ask? I turned 60! I do remember when I was in my early teens and thought being 30 years old would be like death…lol. Well, 60 feels pretty good to me, so I am here to stay as long as the Good Lord allows me. My wife surprised me with a trip to Beaufort, SC. What a nice spot in the coast right next to Georgia. Full of history, beautiful old homes and amazing trees; more on some of the pictures below.

After a 4 hour drive from Greenville we arrived at the Beaufort Inn located one block away from downtown Main St. A really nice Inn we highly recommend if you visit Beaufort.

 

Our bedroom was on the third floor, we had the option to take the elevator, but the view from the stairs was so nice we just did not mind.

 

As you can see, you do not have to sacrifice comfort in some inns; our room was spacious and had all the amenities found in good hotels. However, the old style charm is quite unique.

 

About two blocks from the Inn,  you could see Beaufort River, across, you see Lady’s Island and to the right you have several other islands like Paris Island, Hilton Head, and many others. Actually the whole area, including Beaufort (located in Port Royal Island), are part of a wide and elaborate island network of the South Carolina coast. Been told it is very nice at this time of the year, but summer is extremely hot, muggy and buggy.

 

We took a downtown tour and were told that in Beaufort you can find one of the best conserved Antebellum style architecture in the US. Had no idea what Antebellum meaning “prewar”, from the Latin ante, “before”, and bellum, “war”. The style is characterized by Neoclassical and Greek revival plantation houses and mansions. Similar of what you saw in Gone with the Wind movie I guess.

 

This particular home is called the Castle; it was built by Dr. Joseph Johnson in 1850. It is said that is a replica of a house in England that was destroyed in WW II. Beaufort has been popular with Hollywood as of late; in 1998 this home was the location for the film “Forces of Nature” with Ben Affleck & Sandra Bullock. The tree in the foreground is a beautiful huge Live Oak that was prominently displayed and used in one of the most famous scenes in the Forces of Nature movie.

 

As you can see, the trees often take over the yards. We saw some old photos of this house and the tree was half of its current size. The main reason Beaufort has so many old homes in such good condition is that during the civil war many Northerners had residences in town before it was taken over by Union forces. Therefore, Union soldiers were given specific orders not to loot or burn many of them. In contrast, other cities in the South were truly destroyed, so their historical buildings are few.

 

We visited Saint Helena Episcopal church, built-in 1724, it is the oldest church in Beaufort. There is a large cemetery on three of her sides. Many of the buried are confederate soldiers, but as you can see on the next picture…

…some are buried next to union or post-confederate flag times.

 

We did not have sunny weather at all, but it really did not affect the pictures you could take. When I took this picture, we had light drizzle, but I like the effect and the look the Spanish Moss gives the trees around the area.

 

Opposite the park in the previous picture, you have a look down a very common view in Beaufort. Really like the trees around here.

Our trip to Beaufort took place a week before my birthday, my wife decided it best, as she wanted it to be a complete surprise – indeed it was. We enjoyed it and plan on coming back in the Spring or Fall as we would like to see it when vegetation is fully developed. So what did we do the day of my actual birthday? Nothing much; just like I wanted. We took a lazy drive to Flat Rock, NC (about 25 minutes from our home) and had lunch at the Flat Rock bakery, they have delicious pizza. Some pictures below.

In the same are the Flat Rock bakery is, there is also a good BBQ place called Hubba Hubba Smoke House. Good BBQ plus a beautiful outdoor area where you can savor your meal. They have added several steel sculptures; this one is a favorite for people to take pictures with.

 

One more!

 

We feel there is nothing like pizza baked in a brick oven. The temperatures are high and usually they give the crust a very special flavor.

 

This picture is a close up of a 1954 Chevy truck (same year I was born); very appropriate picture for my 60th birthday.

To make February very memorable; Greenville, SC experienced one of the coldest winters on record. We had one night where the temperatures dipped down to 8 F – not exactly what we were expecting when we decided to settle in the South. However, the cold was not long lived. The last week and a half in February saw a few days in the high 60’s and even a couple low 70’s. Spring is almost here!

 

admin - March 2, 2014 - 11:01 am

Thanks you Heather!
Thank you Christa! I really like that old truck!

Heather Frink - March 1, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Carlos,
You have faired much better in your 60 years than that Chevy truck! No doubt Bethe has cared for, and treated you better!

Christa - March 1, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Carlos!!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time. My favorite pic is of the truck. I love it!

At the Circus!

It has been a very long time since the last time we went to a Ringling Brothers Circus; boy has the spectacle changed. The shear size of it and the number of performers was the most noticeable difference; it was a great time. Some interesting facts about Ringing Brothers Circus (data referenced from Wikipedia):

  1. In 1875, Dan Castello and William Cameron Coup persuaded Barnum to lend his name and financial backing to the circus they had already created in Delavan, Winsconsin. It was called “P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome”. The moniker “Greatest Show on Earth” was added later.
  2. Independently of Castello and Coup, James Anthony Bailey had teamed up with James E. Cooper to create the Cooper and Bailey Circus in the 1860s.
  3. They eventually agreed to combine their shows in 1881. In 1882, the combined “Barnum & Bailey Circus” was successful with acts such as Jumbo, advertised as the world’s largest elephant. Barnum died in 1891 and Bailey then purchased the circus from his widow.
  4. In 1884, five of the seven Ringling brothers had started a small circus about the same time that Barnum & Bailey were at the peak of their popularity. Their circus rapidly grew and they were soon able to move their circus by train, which allowed them to have the largest traveling amusement enterprise of that time. Faced with the new competition, Bailey took his show west of the Rocky Mountains for the first time in 1905. He died the next year and the circus was sold to the Ringling Brothers.
  5.  The Ringlings purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907 and ran the circuses separately until 1919. Charles Edward Ringling and John Nicholas Ringling, the only remaining two Ringling brothers, decided that it was too difficult to run the two circuses independently, and on March 29, 1919, “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows” debuted in New York City.
  6. In 1957,  John Ringling North and Arthur Concello moved the circus from a tent show to an indoor operation.
  7. In 1967 the Feld family bought the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus for 8 million dollars. They continue to own and run it today.

The way it was before the circus moved into indoor venues. While I do not remember such huge tent conglomeration, I do remember two or three large tents. The feel of the circus inside the big top was something very special.

 

Before the show started, several acts were displayed on the main ring and attendees could go down and tour them and even participate in some activities they had in place for their amusement. The show we attended was held at the Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena; it seats about 15,900 people, but under the circus configuration it would be more like 11,000 people. Nice, but not the same as the big top which had a view all the way to the top. This indoor venues have lower ceilings and you feel boxed in these type of events. They work well for concerts and sports, but just Ok for a circus acts.

 

Once they had cleared the stage and were getting ready to start the show, what better way to keep all entertained than a few clowns doing their clown things.

 

The show started with a review of the whole cast; and a big one it was. This is only a portion of it. Music and pageantry was really elaborate; do not remember this big of a production in past shows I attended.

 

The show lasted almost two hours, will only show a few of the acts. This one has been a popular one for many years, and they seem to cram more bikes into it than I remember. In this instance they had 7 bikes (one ridden by a woman) at high speed inside this sphere; crazy.

 

One of my favorite acts has always been the lions and tigers. I have seen some close calls before and often wondered how many of those were part of the show. In this picture, the lioness close to the tamer decided she had enough and did not wanted to be pushed around any longer. So, she gave the tamer a very loud growl and looked like she wanted to pounce on him…do not worry, all went to “plan”, tamer calmed things down and the show went on. Now, I do know that sometimes accidents have happened – so you never know. I guess that adds to the tension of this act. Regardless, I give the tamer huge credit for getting inside with this wild creatures; you never know when they will decide to revert to their normal instincts.

 

All was well I told you; see? Not the same animal, but a make up kiss never the less.

 

As we were entering the venue we saw several protesters displaying signs against cruelty to animals. Not sure what the real story is, but the animals in all the acts seem very well taken care of. Click on this picture for more information as to how Ringling & Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus takes care of their animals.

 

These wonderful and gentle creatures seemed happy and very tidy. I must say, never saw so many animals and not one single dropping – hummmm. maybe they do not feed them before the acts? I am sure that will not apply to the lions and tigers.

 

Like I said, the variety of animals and the lack of dropping was noticeable…at least to me.

 

This poodle was a real star!

 

A high wire act that gave all a few thrills as they sped up and down the cable, and even rotated on its axis as the ladies performed their acts on their bars.

 

Another favorite of all, including myself, was the aerialists in action. Yes, they had the safety net at all times and I was glad they did. I do remember the days when many did not use the safety net; that was way to nerve raking for me and totally unnecessary in my opinion.

 

This family performed many scary and tension filled acrobatics culminating with the quadruple somersault – it was competed on the second attempt.

We had a very nice time as we took a step back and remember how much we liked the circus when kids. In many ways, we just never grow up.

So Thankful

When we made plans to have 14 family members join us for Thanksgiving, we had no idea how we could fit them all. Additionally, the house was still a meswith unopened boxes from our move. Thanks to my wife’s organization and “gentle” push for me to get going, we were able to be ready to receive our guests to celebrate the 2013 Thanksgiving. This was to be a special celebration for several reasons. Amongst them, several of us have not seen each other for as long as 22 years; and Stephen (my niece’s husband) was to be deployed once again – this time to Kuwait – a few days following our reunion.

Having 14 additional persons come to your home and stay for a couple of days can present some challenges. Happy to report that we had a great time and talk, laugh, celebrate, eat and reminisce. We were surprised how well the house accommodated all. Having three full bathrooms does help and all seemed to be very comfortable with their sleeping accommodations. We had cold weather for Greenville, but outside of a very brief snow shower, we had good weather to get out and go around downtown.

As usual, I am posting some pictures below, the difference this time is that I am adding a few old pictures of some of us – boy do we change in some ways, but at the core we remain much the same.

For my cousin Victor (green vest) it was the first time he saw all the little ones. Just all getting re-acquainted.

 

When I was a kid I remember spending lots of time with my cousin Victor, he used to fly (flight attendant for Braniff) a lot and went to so many places outside of Peru; I always thought is was super cool to hear his travel stories.

 

This is my cousin Victor with me, my mom (right) and my Aunt Blanca…a long time ago.

 

My cousin Victor and his god-daughter Natita; the last time they saw each other was 22 years ago.

 

My cousin Victor with Natita during her baptism.

 

My oldest daughter Sarah anticipating eating beef. She is not a turkey meat fan so we cooked the roast beef especially for her – can you tell she is happy to see it?

 

My youngest daughter, Jocelyn, with her boyfriend Andrew. Jocie is being goofy, Andrew is probably wondering…what are you doing crazy lady?

 

Sarah and Jocelyn a few years back. They always got along real week. How can’t you love them to pieces?

 

My wife and I love cooking, so getting the big meal ready was fun. We also had great help setting the table and getting the decoration just right.

 

Andrew expected to have a lot of Turkey; well, not this much Andrew. Put it back…

 

yum, everything come out well, but the best was to chat and have a great time together.

 

My niece, Rafaela and her husband Stephen; both in the Army. Stephen was to leave for Kuwait the following week. God guide you and protect you Stephen; thank you for your service to the both of you.

 

This is Rafaela a few years back in Peru. Cutie, hey!

 

Meet Victoria, Rafaela’s oldest daughter. She has her mother’s eyes for sure. Yes, those little morsels on the plate are Peruvian empanadas. My sister made 50 delicious empanadas…yum. yum and more yum. A favorite of all.

 

Cutest smile from my great grand niece Valentina. Valentina is Rafaela & Stephens’ youngest.

 

Ok, my cousin Victor is on the right and my sister in the middle…see next picture. The young man on the left is Natita’s dad.

 

Here they are today; they always had a especial relationship. It was great seeing them together again and doing some heavy duty reminiscing – I am talking … until 2:30 am on occasions.

 

When we bought these hats we figured they would embarrass our daughters, but ended up being a big hit with everyone. Just about all had a picture of themselves with one of them. We thought they were way funny.

 

Natita and her husband Leandro. We will be visiting them next year; happy they are not too far from us (Florida). The next three pictures show their three wonderful children.

 

First the oldest; Francesca. As beautiful as they come.

 

Next is Lucia. She has the sweetest face and smile on her 99% of the time…

 

…and then, Lucia’s twin brother Luca. This was not the norm for him, but reflects how tired he was at the time.

 

Lucia’s favorite pose (touchdown) – she did it quite often and had most of us doing it with her.

 

However, I must give Valentina first prize for the most enthusiastic touchdown of all.

 

The younger crowd ready for bed! It got really quiet after this…lol.

 

Here we have the whole gang. Must do it again next year. Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Chuck - March 30, 2014 - 9:34 am

Just catching up on your blog — this is the essence of what photography as a hobby can add to family!

Pepe Montoya - January 3, 2014 - 9:52 am

Me imagino lo contentos y preocupados que estuvieron ustedes como Anfitriones para que todos disfruten su estadía. Todos demuestran mucho entusiasmo y alegría.
Efectivamente, reunir a tantos a la vez después de no verse por años debe haber sido fenomenal.
Te felicito primo.
Feliz Año a toda la familia.

admin - December 14, 2013 - 4:42 pm

We are visiting the girls in Indianapolis for Christmas, we will leave on the 20th and plan on returning on the 30th. How about you guys?

Christa Marchiondo - December 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

What a wonderful post Carlos! Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving holiday. What are the plans for Christmas???

Rafaela - December 8, 2013 - 7:13 pm

I’m glad you guys made the roast beef. I dislike turkey too, not many people know I kinda keep it as secret, I always thought I was weird for not liking turkey (everyone likes turkey). Glad to know there is someone else in tthe family that doesn’t eat turkey 🙂

Jan carpenter - December 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Certainly shows the joy of your Thanksgiving gathering. So glad you shared. God bless.

Linda - December 8, 2013 - 4:54 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE all the pictures and comments. It’s so wonderful when families can get together because it’s so hard to make it happen! Pictures are beautiful — like you and Bethe!

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